Getting Ready For New Years
Claire Miles - December 26, 2021

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

2022 is just around the corner, and many of us are making plans for this next year. Some of these resolutions may include losing weight, making more time for friends and family, or simply improving their lives in some way. Others might set out to travel more or get themselves out of debt. The opportunity for a fresh start is nearly irresistible to people after the hedonistic excesses of the holiday season. For many, a new year is a time for self-improvement and change. The whole world is setting resolutions! Millions of people across all seven continents have made promises to themselves on how they will live their lives from now on.


Times Square sits empty while fireworks and confetti are displayed at the 2021 New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on December, 2020 in New York

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The best part is that the whole world is set out on this path of self-improvement together. Think of all the advantages of having a whole planet on your side as you struggle to improve yourself. There’s no time like the present, so why not start now? Join together with humanity and set out on a path of self-improvement with the rest of us. There’s a sort of electricity in the air during every New Years’ celebration. It almost feels like anything could happen. The fireworks might be better than they were at the 4th of July celebration last year. The ball might drop out of the sky and through your living room window into the pool, or all of your friends might show up at your house party to surprise you. The new year might be the start of some incredible series of events that forever change your life.


The start of a new year brings hope and opportunity. People resolve to change their lives for the better, whether that means changing their careers or losing weight – but why wait until January 1st to make a change? It’s never too late to make a change or to start working toward your goals, so if you’re thinking of something that you’d like to accomplish this year, there’s no reason not to start doing it now. There are always new beginnings, whether they come at the beginning of a new week, month, or year – chances for people to start fresh. Why not seize the opportunity and use that momentum to get started on your New Year’s resolution? We can’t wait to welcome 2022 and hope it’s brighter than 2021!